As usual it’s been a very productive year for the ITSO who publish IBM Redbooks. Here is a list of 30 titles that were released for the Information Management area in 2010. Notice that the ITSO allows you to give reader feedback and ratings for these books. If you like a book, make sure you leave a comment. Word of mouth feedback is impressively influential.
IBM Scale Out Network Attached Storage Concepts
Published 1 December 2010
IBM Content Collector Integration with IBM Classification Module
Published 11 November 2010
IBM Cognos Business Intelligence V10.1 Handbook
Published 25 October 2010, Rating: (based on 2 reviews)
This one was handed out in printed format at the IOD conference, and it proved to be extremely popular.
IBM Cognos Business Intelligence V10.1: Intelligence Unleashed
Published 25 October 2010, Rating: (based on 1 review)
IBM SPSS predictive analytics: Optimizing decisions at the point of impact
Published 18 October 2010, last updated 12 November 2010
IBM Content Collector Deployment and Performance Tuning
Published 13 October 2010
IBM Informix Developer's Handbook
Published 4 October 2010
IBM Smart Analytics Cloud
Published 1 October 2010, Rating: (based on 1 review)
IBM InfoSphere Streams Harnessing Data in Motion
Published 14 September 2010, Rating: (based on 1 review)
DB2 9 for z/OS and Storage Management
Published 9 September 2010, last updated 17 September 2010, Rating: (based on 1 review)
IBM Content Analytics Version 2.1: Discovering Actionable Insight from Your Content
Published 25 August 2010
IMS 11 Open Database
Published 10 August 2010, last updated 12 August 2010, Rating: (based on 1 review)
InfoSphere DataStage Parallel Framework Standard Practices
Published 30 July 2010, last updated 19 November 2010
Migrating from Microsoft SQL Server to IBM Informix
Published 22 July 2010
IBM Midmarket Software Buying and Selling Guide
Published 12 July 2010, Rating: (based on 2 reviews)
InfoSphere Warehouse: A Robust Infrastructure for Business Intelligence
Published 18 June 2010, last updated 22 June 2010
Disaster Recovery and Backup Solutions for IBM FileNet P8 Version 4.5.1 Systems
Published 16 June 2010, Rating: (based on 1 review)
System z on the Go:
Accessing z/OS from Smartphones
Published 28 May 2010, last updated 10 June 2010, Rating: (based on 3 reviews)
Federated Content Management: Accessing Content from Disparate Repositories with IBM Content Federation Services and IBM Content Integrator
Published 21 April 2010
Best Practices for DB2 on AIX 6.1 for POWER Systems
Published 8 April 2010, last updated 22 April 2010, Rating: (based on 3 reviews)
DB2 9 for z/OS: Using the Utilities Suite
Published 19 February 2010, last updated 28 April 2010, Rating: (based on 6 reviews)
Leveraging IBM Cognos 8 BI for Linux on IBM System z
Published 1 February 2010, Rating: (based on 1 review)
Developing Applications with IBM FileNet P8 APIs
Published 30 December 2009, Rating: (based on 3 reviews)
DB2 9 for z/OS: Resource Serialization and Concurrency Control
Published 22 December 2009, last updated 30 December 2009, Rating: (based on 9 reviews)
DB2 9 for z/OS: Configuring SSL for Secure Client-Server Communications
Published 18 December 2009
Data Warehousing with the Informix Dynamic Server
Published 10 December 2009, Rating: (based on 1 review)
MySQL to DB2 Conversion Guide
Published 1 December 2009, Rating: (based on 10 reviews)
Using Integrated Data Management To Meet Service Level Objectives
Published 6 November 2009, last updated 25 November 2009
Oracle to DB2 Conversion Guide: Compatibility Made Easy
Published 6 November 2009, last updated 29 April 2010, Rating: (based on 8 reviews)
IBM Classification Module: Make It Work for You
Published 29 October 2009, last updated 3 November 2009
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Read an e-book, you'll be surprised how much you'll like it!
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If you did, you missed a great show, BUT…. you can listen to the replay:
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In episode #34, special guest George Baklarz, IBM Toronto Lab, shared a demonstration of some very cool (and free) tools that can be used to estimate DB2 compression results, simulate DB2 pureScale operation, and learn about the plethora of DB2 features and capabilities. He also shared a few tips and used his crystal ball to gaze into the future of DB2.
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You already know the value of IBM Redbooks:
IBM Redbooks provide quality technical content that enables IBM clients to take full advantage of their investment in IBM products and technologies. Redbooks are developed through an industry unique “residency” process that uses subject matter experts (SMEs) including IBMers, business partners, and customers who produce guides based on actual client environments and business usage. The results are helpful guides written “by practitioners, for practitioners”.
While at the IBM Information on Demand Conference, look for the following:
DVDs filled with IBM Redbooks – Come to the Support, Services and Education Zone in the Expo area for a free Information Management Redbooks DVD.
Printed samples of many of the IBM Redbook titles – As you meet experts throughout the Expo area, don’t be surprised if they show you one or more related Redbooks that are available for you to download for free.
Mass giveaways of a few new IBM Redbook titles – At least 3 IBM Redbooks were printed and will be made available for you to get a free copy. These are in limited supply, so stop by either the Conference Bookstore ore the Support, Services and Education Zone for hints as to where you can get your copy.
If you are interested in becoming involved in the creation of an IBM Redbook, find Todd Kelsey or one of the other ITSO experts to give you some guidance. I’ve also heard that there is a new advertising opportunity available.
This year at the IBM Information on Demand Conference, we have five NEW Flashbooks to give out to attendees for free. What are flashbooks? These are the small and easy-to-read books that we created especially for our IOD audience. I’m really happy with the topics we’ve managed to pull together this year.
For those of you who are not able to come to the conference, all of these flashbooks will soon also be available for sale from amazon.com. I’ll post the details when that happens.
The book signings & giveaways for these flashbooks will take place at the Mandalay Bay Foyer Book Store - Mandalay Bay South Convention Center at the day and time listed below. Add these book signing to your schedule via the Smart Site Agenda Builder
We have a limited number of the following “Flashbooks” that will be given away at the appointed time. The authors of these books will be available to sign your copy.
DB2 pureScale: Risk Free Agile Scaling (Session # 3623)
by Paul Zikopoulos, Matt Huras, Aamer Sachedina, Paul Awad
Monday at 12:30 – 1:15
DB2 10 for z/OS - Cost Savings ..... Out of the Box (Sessions # 3736 and 3625)
by David Beulke, Julian Stuhler, Roger Miller, Surekha Pureka
Give-away: Monday at 12:30-1:15
Signing: Tuesday at 12:30 – 1:30
The IBM Data Governance Unified Process: Driving Business Value with IBM Software and Best Practices (Session # 3620)
by Sunil Soares
Monday at 2:30 – 3:15
Business Intelligence Strategy: A Framework for Achieving BI Excellence (Session # 3624)
by John Boyer, The Nielsen Company Bill Frank, Johnson & Johnson Brian Green, Blue Cross, Blue Shield of Tennessee Tracy Harris, IBM Kay Van De Vanter, The Boeing Company
Tuesday at 3:00 – 4:00
IBM COGNOS ANALYTICS AND CLOUD COMPUTING: Best Practices for Deploying Cognos Business Intelligence to the IBM Cloud (Session # 3780)
by Stephan Jou, Anant Jhingran, William Lee, Thanh Pham, Biraj Saha
Tuesday at 3:00 – 4:00
Hope to see you at IOD this year… It is shaping up to be the event of the year!
An industry first!
A special edition episode on October 1, 2010, at 11am Eastern.
During this special edition, DBI will be interviewing our top candidates for our open Software Consultant Engineer position (see http://www.dbisoftware.com/careers.php for details). Each candidate will be given 8 minutes to describe a DB2 LUW challenge they faced and how they conquered it, 1 minute to offer a quick DB2 tip, and 1 minute to "make their case" for why they are our best candidate.
Studio Audience members will get to vote on the candidates. Your votes will influence DBIs selection committee (but the final decision rests with DBI), determine the prize that each of our candidates will win, and everyone in the studio audience that participates in candidate voting will earn a $5 Amazon.com gift certificate (limited to the first 100 attendees that arrive).
Details and registration:
Join Scott Hayes for fun & education and a chance for FREE MONEY - SHOW UP AND VOTE!
I’m aware of three important webinars that are planned for the next few weeks that you should consider attending:
First– DB2Night Show – Friday Sept 24
As usual, join Scott Hayes the host of the DB2Night Show for some very entertaining learning… for free! Next week on the DB2Night Show: DB2 LUW Recovery Planning & Best Practices.
Failing to Plan is Planning to Fail. Watch the DB2Night Show Friday 9/24 to learn about DB2 LUW Recovery Planning & Best Practices. Experts Dale McInnis and Kate Kurtz from IBM Toronto have much information to share that this topic.
Last week’s show with Mike Winer had record attendance. Did you miss it? No worries! Scott keeps recordings of all the shows, so go through and watch all the ones you’ve missed. If you’re new to this series, you might be surprised at the variety of guest speakers that Scott has worked with! Visit http://www.DB2NightShow.com for details and FREE registration links.
Second – Tuesdays with Craig – begins Tuesday Sept 28
SoftwareOnZ is sponsoring a series of DB2 webinars presented by Craig S. Mullins (author of DB2 Developer’s Guide and regular columnist for zJournal Magazine). Each webinar will be focused on a specific DB2 topic so you can pick and choose the ones that are most interesting to you – or attend them all and receive a certificate signed by Craig indicating that you have completed the DB2 Education Webinar Series. The first one is:
September 28, 2010 – DB2 Access Paths: Surviving and Thriving
Third– Chat with the Lab – Wednesday Sept 29
This webcast provides and in-depth overview of High Availability (HA) options for DB2 on Linux, UNIX and Windows.
It covers various HA features and enhancements added to DB2 during the last few releases, including:
- High Availability and Disaster Recovery (HA)
- Integrated High Availability and Automated Failover
- Read capability on Standby Servers
The Chat will also touch on future directions.
To learn more and get your questions answered, join experts from IBM labs - Sal Vella, (VP) and Dale McInnis (HA Architect).
Presentation charts for this Chat will be available for download from ibm.com/db2/labchats 1-2 days prior to the event.
Date: Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Time: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Eastern (GMT-04:00)
10:30 AM Central / 8:30 AM Pacific / 16:30hrs London / 17:30hrs Frankfurt, Paris / India 9 PM
Speakers: Sal Vella (IBM), Dale McInnis (IBM)
Host: Rav Ahuja (IBM)
To register and receive instructions for attending this webinar, point your browser to:
For questions/comments/suggestions: http://www.channeldb2.com/group/db2chatwiththelab
Thanks to all the great people who put together this important education!
The IBM Data Governance Unified Process: Driving Business Value with IBM
Software and Best Practices
by Sunil Soares
What’s the book about? Briefly, in the word of Arvind Krishna, General Manager at IBM:
IBM has assembled a comprehensive approach to Information Governance
that delivers the industry’s strongest portfolio of products, services, and best
practices to address every organization’s needs. This book provides a practical
set of detailed steps and sub-steps to implement an Information Governance
program, as well as the associated automation provided by IBM Software.
I have two upcoming webinars to tell you about today and hope that you can
make one or both of them!
First, the second season of the DB2Night Show starts this
Friday, August 6, 2010. This kickoff episode is special in
that it is 90 minutes in length and Scott will be joined by my two good
friends Serge Rielau and Dwaine Snow.
Together they will give us updates on all the ways that IBM is making it easy
to choose DB2 LUW. If you are a current user of Oracle or Sybase, you really
don’t want to miss this show.
Season 1 ended up with 23 shows and if you missed them, come and listen to
the replays. I was a guest on one of the shows and had much fun with Scott!
View the upcoming shows and register here: DB2Night Show Website.
Second, the DB2 Database professional bloggers are hosting a
free 60-minute virtual session for our the community. The best part is
... YOU GET TO CHOOSE THE TOPIC! Yes, that's right. This virtual
session will be on a topic of your choice. Are you interested in an overview of
the technical advantages of DB2 over Oracle? Want to know more about DB2
pureScale? Maybe you'd like tips on how to migrate an existing Oracle
application to a DB2 application? Whatever your topic(s) of interest, post a
comment and let me know. If you're new to DB2, this is a great opportunity for
you to become familiar with DB2.
Nominate a topic here: DB2 Database
By the way, this is a good blog to “follow”.
SPVC courses are self-paced online training that offer you the flexibility to take training when and where you want.
Get the high-quality content, hands-on lab experience, and instructor support of traditional classroom training, without the cost and hassles of travel.
With several courses available in trial format, you can experience this exciting new learning method first hand at no charge!
Take these new SPVC courses today:
1L610T - Trial version of Advanced DB2 SAP for Administrators
1WA52T - Trial Version of InfoSphere Warehouse Components 9 – SQL Warehousing Tool and Administration Console
2X101T - Trial Version of Developing Applications Using Informix 4GL
Once you try this format for learning, you may give up on all other methods! Let me know what you think.
IOD EMEA which took place in Rome last week was a huge success. I'm working on my trip report and will post some of it here.
Monday and Tuesday next week, I'll be at the Toronto conference CCDB2UG where the Central Canada DB2 Users Group is celebrating their 25th anniversary! I'm quite looking forward to my annual visit with some of the most amazing people I've ever met. For more information, see this blog entry I did recently: Local Conference - Central Canada User Group.
I've already began planning for our huge IOD event that will take place in Vegas the last week of October. I'm looking forward to see the sessions and speakers who have been chosen for the event. The bookstore is arranged already, so just the signings are left to plan. I'm hoping this year that we have the book signing events included in the agenda builder so you won't miss what the signings that you want to attend. More on this conference coming up.
I've talked to a few people about the IDUG conference that is taking place in Vienna the second week of November. I'm not sure what my involvement will be at this point, but it would be a nice one to attend, don't you think?
There are many free webinars that are coming up soon... I hope you are able to take advantage of the amazing content that is available to you for free! I know time is always a factor, but most of the webinars are recorded so you can benefit from the content after the fact.
My favourite ones are:
1) DB2Night Show
- tomorrow is Sam Lightstone
, and there are several more speakers planned for the coming weeks.
2) Chat with the Lab - there was an event today, but you can keep on top of the scheduled and recorded events by joining this group: Channel DB2 Chat with the Lab
3) Surekha Parekh
does a fine job of informing the world of the events surrounding DB2 for z/OS. I strongly suggest that you join one of the groups that she posts to in order to stay on top of what's happening. The World of DB2 for z/OS
is one of the places she updates regularly.
Get your copy of book: The
Art of Enterprise Information Architecture: A Systems-Based Approach for
Unlocking Business Insight
written by the following author team:
Eberhard Hechler, Klaus Koenig, Steve Lockwood, Martin Oberhofer, Michael
•This book is designed to reach out
to a wide client audience on a global basis leveraging IBM‘s vision and products
in the Information Management area.
If you are at the IOD2010 conference taking place in Rome, come by the Bookstore at 1:15 pm to get your free copy of this book. The author team will be signing copies and look forward to meeting you to discuss your Information needs. . Get your coupon at the InfoSphere booth in the expo to get your free book.
Mario Godinez is Executive IT
Architect and IBM Senior Certified IT Architect within IBM's Worldwide
Information On Demand Architecture team. He co-founded IBM Software Group's
Information Management Technical Enablement team, and has spent 15+ years
helping IBM financial and industrial customers architect and implement complex
Eberhard Hechler is
Chief Architect of the European IBM Information On Demand Technical Center of
Excellence. As Senior Certified IT Architect (SCITA) and Executive IT Architect,
he is a technical leader of the Information Management organization at the IBM
Germany Research and Development Lab. He co-authored Enterprise Master Data
Klaus Koenig is an IBM
Distinguished Engineer and has been involved in IT for 20 years. He is an
internationally recognized expert in the field of IT architecture management and
IT infrastructure design. As key innovator and chief technology executive he is
currently leading several development and transformation initiatives, the major
ones in the area of Cloud Computing, Green IT, Service Lifecycle Management and
IT Process Automation.
Steve Lockwood works
in IBM Software Group as a Lead Architect and within IBM's Business Intelligence
practice (a part of Global Business Services). He has been involved in all
aspects of the development of information related projects, covering Data
Warehousing, analytics, Information Integration for CRM solutions and
development of Master Data Management solutions.
Martin Oberhofer is a Senior Technical
Consultant at IBM and a member of the World-Wide IBM Software Group Master Data
Management Center of Excellence. His areas of expertise are Master Data
Management, database technologies, Java development and IT system integration.
Michael Schroeck is a Partner and the Global
Business Intelligence (BI) and Information on Demand (IOD) Leader for IBM,
Global Business Services. Mike has a proven track record in having guided
project teams in the design and successful implementation of large, complex
BI/IOD Solutions (e.g., decision support, integrated analytics, data
warehousing, data mining, etc.) for a wide range of clients.
Join Berni Schiefer
as Scott Hayes'
guest on tomorrow's edition of the DB2Night Show
Topic: DB2 LUW Performance Update & Best Practices
Who: Berni Schiefer
When: Fri April 30
Time: 11 am Eastern Time
Note that this event is nearly full to capacity... likely because Berni will NOT be presenting at this year's IDUG or IOD EMEA conferences! Berni's talks are always popular... is it the topic or the speaker?
Here's more info (from Scott) about the event:
In the DB2 LUW Community, Berni Schiefer is a man that doesn't need an introduction - but, just in case you are newer to DB2 LUW (like one of the many Oracle converts), Berni is "the performance guy". He's a Distinguished Engineer who leads the Information Management Performance and Benchmarks team at the IBM Toronto Lab. Berni has been a frequent speaker at IDUG conferences and other venues, and he gives terrific presentations that share DB2 Performance Benchmark results and performance best practices.
With DB2 pureScale announced last fall, we can only "guess" that IBM will be publishing some new benchmark results very soon. Claim your seat in our virtual studio audience to hear the very latest information on performance results and best practices!
The DB2Night Show has a Twitter account - please follow twitter.com/db2nightshow for the latest news about new episodes and interactive discussion. Use the hash tag #DB2Night in your Tweets.
The DB2Night Show now has a LinkedIn Group - join us to stay up to date on our show and discuss show episodes! The group registration link can be found on www.DB2NightShow.com.
We hope you will join us and participate as a studio audience member. One studio audience member will be randomly selected to win an Amazon.com gift certificate - use this towards a new USB thumb drive, a new book, or anything you like!
If you can't make the scheduled time, register anyways so that you get information about recorded replays. Lastly, please forward this invitation to at least 5 of your friends!
I hope you enjoy the talk!
Not only do IDUG attendees get FREE certification tests at the conference taking place May 10 - 14 in Tampa Florida, but in the weeks before the conference, you can take the assessment test FREE of CHARGE!
Check your email as once you register for the conference, you'll receive the promotion code and instructions by email.
Good luck on the exams! Have fun at the conference!
Are you going to IDUG in Tampa
, Florida this year? The conference takes place May 10 - May 14 and if you are going, you have 4 weeks to prepare to pass the free exams
that you can take while attending the conference.
Why get certified? It's getting harder to keep your skills up to date these days with everything changing so quickly and the huge volume of information that you are bombarded with every day. Certification exams are focused on a specific topics and cover a limited number of objectives that are related to the tasks performed in that job role. So when you are studying for the exam, you are studying only a subset of the content that is available for the product. This targeted studying can be a more achievable way to increase your skills as you'll do a piece of learning and then testing at a time.
To help you target your studying, we have a set of study guides that you can use to prepare to pass the exam.
Here are the books:
DB2 9 Fundamentals Exam 730
DB2 9 DBA for Linux, UNIX, and Windows Exam 731
DB2 9.7 DBA for Linux, UNIX, and Windows Exam 541
This exam was updated to the V9.7 level, while the book is at the V9 level. This might cause you a slight problem on some of the questions but overall, you should still be able to pass the exam with this book. If you're concerned, you should examine the exam objectives to see what was added. You could also take the Exam Prep for Exam 541 course that will be taught by Roger Sanders on May 10 at the Conference.
DB2 9 Advanced DBA for UNIX, and Windows Exam 734
DB2 9 for z/OS Database Administration Exam 732
These books will be for sale at the conference, but if you can, purchase the books before the conference so that you have time to read them and study to the degree that you need to.
If you aren't able to purchase the books outright, check amazon or other sites for used copies of the books. Also, libraries might have copies of the books. I know our skill's center library has many copies of these books... and they are VERY well used!
Check to see if your company has a subscription with Safari Books Online or Books 24x7. Both of these electronic book engines carry these books which will allow you to read the entire book or to search and read parts of the book as needed.
The publisher of the Certification Study Guides, MC Press, is working on getting the books available in Kindle format, so that could be an option for you as well.
If you are working with DB2 in your daily job, you may be ready to pass the exam with minimal studying. I suggest that you try an assessment exam to guage your readiness. You may also wish to answer the sample questions that are in the Certification Study Guides. If you are able to pass these questions correctly and easily, you may be ready to pass the exam.
If you want a little more help, consider taking the Exam Prep courses
that take place on May 10 at the conference. You can prepare for Exam 541 or Exam 732.
For more information about getting certified, see my previous blog entry: Certification 101
Have fun in Tampa! Get certified :)
Thanks to Leon
for providing me with this amazing data about the amazing success of the DB2 Express-C On-Campus series of books
IBM DB2 Express-C is the community edition of the DB2 data server that you can download and deploy for FREE. The target audience is small businesses or developers and business partners who serve these customers.
Not only is DB2 Express-C
easy to install and use, but it contains the core functions of the more scalable editions of DB2 such as pureXML and self-managing capabilities. You can find out more about the requirements to use DB2 Express-C on the "About DB2 Express-C
To support DB2 Express-C a series of On-Campus books have been created to support this community. Since the DB2 Express-C product can be downloaded for free, we needed to make sure that we could help people develop their skills for free. Thanks to Leon, Raul, Rav and many others, we have many books available for people to learn for free:
Getting Started with DB2 Express-C
has been downloaded just shy of 83,000 times and distributed to more than 100,000 people world-wide. Just think of that! That's a lot of people learning and using DB2... and creating applications that run on any edition of DB2, regardless of the platform. This book is available in 9 languages, so the coverage is world-wide.
The team who created these books are planning to provide even more! There are 26 new books planned for 2010.
Now the success story behind the success of these books - there were 107 authors involved in the writing and translation of these books. 80 people from IBM and 27 outside of IBM. I hope each and everyone of these people benefit greatly from this career development stepping stone. Writing about anything makes you a better expert in that topic, and we all know that writing is one of the most valuable skills for a person to have.
Do you have your copy of DB2 Express-C and the supporting books yet?